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Coventry Preview

Andy Phillips previews the first home league game of the season against Coventry City.

11 August 2017

Town host Coventry City at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to continue their winning start to the campaign.

After Tuesday's Carabao Cup game was abandoned after 20 minutes, Town will look to follow up on their opening day win at Chesterfield with another three points against one of the promotion favourites and a side boss Russell Slade spent a spell in charge of last campaign.

Potential debuts for JJ and DJ

There could potentially be two new debuts for Town, with former Port Vale striker JJ Hooper and on loan Norwich winger Diallang Jaisyemi joing earlier in the week. It remains to be seen how many changes boss Russell Slade wants to make to the team that beat Chesterfield but at least two may be enforced.

Zak Mills looks set to serve his one match suspension for this game rather than the abandoned fixture on Tuesday night, whilst Sam Kelly is touch and go after hs suffered a dead leg in the opening game. Long term absentees Jamie Osborne and Akwasi Asante continue to miss out, but Sean McAllister and Chris Clements could both be involved in the squad after returning to training.

Coventry signed attacking midfielder Tony Andreu from Norwich City earlier in the week and he could make his debut, whilst goalkeeper Lee Burge and defenders Chris Stokes and Jordan Willis will be monitored after missing the start of the season. Striker Marc McNulty is likely to return after missing Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie at Blackburn.

First encounter in nearly 15 years

It has been some time since the two sides last met, with that coming at Blundell Park in March 2003 when both teams were in the Championship.  

A Simon Ford own goal and a John Eustace penalty saw Coventry win 2-0 and come away with all three points against Paul Groves' side that day.

This season is in the fact only the third time the two have been in the same league since the early 1960s with Coventry being in the top flight for much of their history.

Sky Blues looking for their fortunes to change 

Coventry will be hoping that this is the season things start to turn around after a difficult few years for the club with off the field problems involving the Ricoh Arena and their owners seeing the club relegated to the fourth tier last season.

The Sky Blues were relegated from the Premier League in 2001 after 34 years in the top flight and have had numerous managers in that time, but will hope they have found the winning formula in former Manchester United striker and Scunthorpe United manager Mark Robins.

Robins took charge in March 2017 and the club won the EFL Trophy at Wembley Stadium under his watch after reaching the final prior to his arrival, beating Oxford United in front of over 43,000 Sky Blues fans.

This shows the level of support that the club still potentially has, and with 1,200 tickets already being sold for the game at Blundell Park, there is sure to be a good atmosphere at the weekend.

Despite a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, Coventry started the league season with a 3-0 victory over Notts County last Saturday, with young winger Jodi Jones grabbing his first professional hat-trick. The 19-year-old moved to the club from Dagenham Redbridge in May 2016 after a successful loan spell, and he will certainly be someone that Town will have to watch out for with his confidence so high.

Managers in summary

Paul Wilkinson: ''It’s a big thing for us, and in the first home game it’s important to get all three points if possible.Everybody wants their home form to be really strong and to be the place – in front of their home fans – where they pick up most of the points. It’s another good test for us and it’ll be a good yardstick for where we are at this moment in time.''

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Match Report: Grimsby Town 0-2 Coventry City

Second-half goals from Marc McNulty and Jack Grimmer sent the Mariners to their first defeat of the sea

12 August 2017

Lee Blease
Mitch in action v Coventry City.

GRIMSBY Town's first home game of the season ended in defeat as Coventry City took all three points away from Blundell Park.

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14 August 2017

After a scrappy first half with few moments of quality, the visitors took the lead three minutes after the hour in controversial fashion, with striker Marc McNulty's quick thinking seeing him play the ball into an unguarded net after the referee ruled a Town free kick had been taken and with goalkeeper James McKeown left stranded.

The Mariners never really recovered from that setback and Coventry made sure of their victory with 15 minutes to go, when right-back Jack Grimmer powered a header home from a corner.

James Berrett then became the second Grimsby player to be shown a red card so far this campaign as he was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the closing stages of the game.

The Town starting XI showed two changes from the victory at Chesterfield on the opening day of the season last week, with Luke Summerfield coming in for Sam Kelly and Ben Davies replacing the suspended Zak Mills.

McKeown began in goal, with Davies, Nathan Clarke, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon forming the defence.

Berrett, Mitch Rose, Summerfield and Siriki Dembele were the midfielders, with Sam Jones and Harry Cardwell in attack - the latter a late addition to the side after Scott Vernon had initially been named.

New signings JJ Hooper and Diallang Jaiyesimi were both named on the bench after joining the club in midweek, with Ben Killip, Sean McAllister, Karleigh Osborne, Tom Bolarrinwa and Jack Keeble also selected as substitutes.

Coventry arrived in Cleethorpes also looking to make it two league wins out of two, having beaten Notts County 3-0 in their opener last week.

Winger Jodi Jones scored all three of the Sky Blues' goals in that game and would look to be one of the main threats to the Town defence, along with strikers Stuart Beavon and McNulty.

Neither side was able to make much of an impression in the early stages, with Beavon's flicked header from a Grimmer cross for Coventry bouncing harmlessly through to McKeown in what was the first attack of note on eight minutes.

Jones had an attempt blocked for the Mariners after working an opening for a shot on the edge of the box, then Dembele was caught offside after Cardwell had flicked a header on.

The best moment of the game so far came on 16 minutes, when Dembele set off on a run at pace through the middle.  The ball eventually came to Jones in the box but he could only drag a low shot wide of the far post.

Dembele won a corner on the right soon afterwards and Summerfield's ball from it was won by Clarke but visiting keeper Liam O'Brien was first to the defender's header across goal.

A foul on McNulty gave Coventry a free kick in a dangerous central position on 21 minutes but Jones' effort from it hit the Town wall before midfielder Liam Kelly volleyed the rebound wide.

A dangerous cross then came from Coventry's Jones after he skipped past Davies down the away left but Clarke was first to the ball, heading it clear.

Berrett hit a left-footed shot wide from 20 yards but chances were still proving hard to come by with the half-hour approaching, as both sides looked to play long balls.

A foul by Dixon gave the visitors a free kick inside the Grimsby half but when the ball from it was eventually played to the edge of the box, the left-back was in the right place to volley clear.

Another Coventry free kick came soon afterwards following a foul by Clarke but again, there was nothing to seriously trouble the Town defence as the referee blew for a foul on Jones as the kick was taken.

Stokes won a corner on the away left on 35 minutes but the ball from the flag was glanced away for a throw-in.

The Mariners were forced to do some defending on 39 minutes after a quik break led to a shooting chance for Coventry's Jones.  McKeown dived to stop the effort, then Summerfield did well to get his head to the rebound.

A penalty appeal from the away supporters was waved away by referee Richard Clark after Jones went down, before a foul on the winger by Dixon was punished with a free kick and a yellow card, with Jones also booked for his reaction. 

A low cross from Jones was cleared by Carke as Coventry appeared to be getting on top with half-time approaching.

One additional minute was signalled to be played at the end of the half and with no further chances created by either side, the game remained goalless at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Berrett was booked within seconds of play resuming for stopping an early Coventry free kick from being taken.

Jones won a corner for the visitors three minutes in but the ball from it was cleared and Town broke through Dembele before Davies was fouled just inside the Coventry half.

Good build-up play involving Jones and Rose on 51 minutes saw the ball go to Cardwell in the penalty area but the striker's low pull-back across goal was cut out.

At the other end, a good shot from Jones from 25 yards was pushed the ball over the bar by McKeown for a corner.  The ball from the flag was headed back across goal by Peter Vincenti at the far post but it dropped out of play for a goal kick.

A shot from Beavon was blocked, before an excellent chance for the away side saw a number of players have shooting opportunities as the ball was passed around the box.  Nobody took the chance though and it was lost when Vincenti fell over, with penalty claims waved away.

Coventry were starting to look dngerous but it was Town who had the next chance, with Jones rifling an effort over the bar from the left side of the penalty area.

The visitors had looked the most likely to open the scoring but when they did take the lead on 64 minutes, it was in controversial circumstances.

A Town free kick inside their own half was touched by Clarke with the intention of it being taken by McKeown but as McNULTY stepped in to take possesion, the referee ruled the kick had been taken by the defender and with McKeown stranded, the striker put the ball into the unguarded net.

Town protested that the free kick had not been taken but despite their arguments, led by McKeown, the goal was allowed to stand.

Hooper was sent on in place of Cardwell soon after the goal, before a good challenge by Collins saw him get a vital deflection on a shot to ensure his side did not go further behind on 70 minutes.

Jaaiyesimi was the next to be sent on for the Mariners, with Summerfield the man to make way for the loan signing from Norwich City.

The away side made their first change at the same time, with Dominic Hyam replacing Jordan Willis after the centre-back had gone down with an injury.

Collins had to concede a corner as Coventry attacked again on 75 minutes and when the ball was played from the flag, the visitors doubled their advantage as GRIMMER powered a header past the dive of McKeown, which could not be kept out despite the best efforts of Davies on the line.

Bolarinwa came on in place of Dembele with eight minutes to go, as Town looked to stage a late revival.

And they had a chance to pull a goal back when Jones had a shooting chance on the edge of the box but unfortunately for him and the Mariners, the effort flew over the bar.

Things were to get worse for Town with two minutes to go, as they were reduced to 10 men fo the second time in two league games.  Berrett was the man to see red, as a poor challenge on Kelly resulted in him being shown a second yellow card.

Seven added minutes were signalled to be played and they passed without much incident as Coventry closed out their victory.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Stevenage.


Town: McKeown, Davies, Dixon, Clarke (C), Collins, Berrett, Rose, Jones, Summerfield (Jaiyesimi 71'), Cardwell (Hooper 67'), Dembele (Bolarinwa 82').

Subs: Killip, McAllister, Osborne, Keeble.

Coventry City: O'Brien, Grimmer, Willis (Hyam 72'), McDonald, Stokes, Kelly, Doyle (C), Jones (Nazon 87'), McNulty, Vincenti, Beavon (Andreu 79').

Subs: Charles-Cook (GK), Pearson, Stevenson, Biamou.


Referee: Richard Clark

Attendance: 6,767 (1,357)

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Coventry Ticket News - 6,000 Plus Expected For Home Opener

6,000 plus expected for Sky Bet League Two home opener.

12 August 2017

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Tickets for today's Sky Bet League Two clash with Coventry City are currently on sale at Early Bird prices.

With the Sky Blues fans snapping up around 1300 of their 1900 allocation, we are expecting a crowd of around 6,000 plus for the opening home league game. 

Ticket Prices.

Early Bird prices do not apply to the Upper Youngs.

Lower Youngs, Pontoon Stand, Main Stand Early Bird Matchday
Adult (Over 18) £18 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7 £5/£7
Senior Citizen £11 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £11 £13

Book your tickets from the Blundell Park Ticket Office, Online, or call 01472 605050.

Any GTFC supporter who has a counterfoil from the abandoned Derby County game can exchange their tickets for Coventry tickets.

Or counterfoils can be exchanged for the rearranged Carabao Cup tie on August 22nd.

Please note that those wishing to receive refunds/exchanges must produce their stubs in the GTFC ticket office.

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